JLR is holding meetings today with staff to discuss the changes, which it said are the result of “continuing headwinds” that have forced the company to make "adjustments to production schedules and the number of agency staff”.
In a statement issued on Friday before the number of staff losses was confirmed, JLR said: “We are, however, continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices, because we are overproportionally investing in new products and technologies.
“We also remain committed to our UK plants, in which we have invested more than £4 billion since 2010 to future-proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models.”
Britain’s biggest car manufacturer employs 40,000 people in the UK, of whom a quarter work at the Solihull plant.
Meanwhile, around 360 workers at the Castle Bromwich factory, which builds Jaguar models, are set be relocated to Solihull. The move is attributed to declining output at Castle Bromwich as demand for new cars falls.
Long-standing effects of the ongoing diesel emissions scandal, which include the raising of tax on diesel cars, have driven down demand for diesel cars, so they now represent just 33.5% of the new car market, down from a 44% share last year. Diesel demand fell by 37.2% last month.